They were women before their time, taking on the romantic, yet dangerous and physically demanding job of tending to the lighthouses and beacons that protected the shoreline…they were the Ladies of the Lights!

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Historical author Dianna Stampfler talks about Ladies of the Lights, March 4, 2021 @ 7pm CST.

Historical author Dianna Stampfler presented a special Women’s History Month Door County Maritime Speaker Series evening about the ‘Ladies of the Lights’, Thursday, March 4 at 7pm (CST) online, to share info about these pioneering women. In all, some 40 women have been identified who excelled in this profession over the years — dating back as early as the 1840s and as recent as present day. Nearly 70 images of keepers, their families and their lights make up this presentation. The program included readings from newspapers and autobiographies, as well as handouts including the list of featured ladies and additional reading references for attendees.
Watch the virtual conversation here:

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For more info about Dianna check out Promote Michigan.

​​​​​​​The Maritime Speaker Series offers an assortment of monthly programs on everything from historical topics to current issues affecting the Great Lakes and the economy that relies on them. Door County Medical Center Maritime Speaker Series programs are held the first Thursday of each month, November through May, beginning at 7pm.

​​There is no charge to attend this virtual Speaker Series presentation, sponsored by the Door County Medical Center. Our thanks to Bridgeport Resort for support of this Series as well! We ask that you donate a non-perishable food item to a local organization of your choice.